American Athletic Conference
Louisville is the favorite, while Rutgers and Cincinnati will battle for the #2 spot. UCF # 4 followed by the rest of the field.
The winner of Florida State – Clemson wins the division. A surprise Maryland team sneaks into the #3 spot followed by a battle between NC State and Syracuse.
Virginia Tech and Miami, FL vie for the top spot followed by a horse race for third with North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Syracuse and Virginia.
I still like Kansas State but will pick Oklahoma State for the top spot. Oklahoma and Texas for third, Baylor and TCU for fifth.
One of the most competitive divisions in the country with Nebraska, Northwestern, Michigan State and Michigan all with legit shots. I like them to fall in that order though. Nebraska has the easiest schedule.
Ohio St. has the inside track but Wisconsin’s schedule lines up well for a 10 or 11 win season, even with the new coaching staff. Penn State is a competitive third.
Marshall and Eastern Carolina are the favorites but I’ll put the hapless Owls of Florida Atlantic in the mix as this season’s Cinderella.
Tulsa, Louisiana Tech and Rice; in that order.
Fresno State followed by a battle between Nevada, San Jose State and San Diego State.
Boise State followed by a battle between Utah State, Air Force and Wyoming.
All Ohio with Buffalo as a surprise second.
All Northern Illinois with Toledo following.
Stanford over Oregon with Washington topping Oregon State for third.
UCLA over USC with Arizona State over Utah for third.
Three horse race between Georgia, South Carolina and Florida. Dawgs win.
Three solids in Alabama, LSU and Texas A&M. Alabama still the king.
Louisiana Lafayette, Louisiana Monroe, Western Kentucky and Arkansas State all in the hunt. ASU has lost both coach and QB so probably fall 4th.